When evangelical leaders look at the United States of America, they do not see a country defined by the familiar Gallup Poll statistic stating that 92 percent of its citizens profess some kind of belief in God.

Nor do they see a land that is only 1.6 percent atheist and 2.4 percent agnostic, according to the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. They do not see a land in which another 12.1 percent of the people do not embrace any one religion “in particular,” but insist that “spirituality” plays some role in their lives.

In other words, they do not see a remarkably, if somewhat vaguely, religious nation — especially in comparison with other modern industrialized lands.

No, when elite evangelicals see America today the word that comes to mind is “secular.”

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